I just want to take this opportunity to say well done on hosting a grate event last night. In the same breath, i want to say that we were a bit dissapointed with the fact that there was no seats availble during the function. You have to take into account that Paralympians were present, and some can not stand for too long due to their disabilities and they got uncomfortable and distracted due to this. Thank you, Sister of a paralympic athlete.
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- Updated: March 24, 2010
South Africa’s Paralympic campaign for London 2012 has hit the ground running in Johannesburg and corporate South Africa has once again thrown its full financial weight behind the team.
A total of seven sponsors have fully committed themselves to the South African team’s bid for medals in London. The team brought back a total of 30 medals from the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, including 21 gold medals.
That was enough to place them sixth on the medals table and with the continued support of loyal sponsors, our team will be striving to not only equal but improve on their sixth position.
In this regard South Africa’s Paralympian athletes extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the following sponsors as they march to London, 2012 -Mercedes Benz, Nedbank, Pick n Pay, Sasol, Sun International, Telkom and last but, by no means least, Vodacom.
Added to this formidable backing team, Lotto and Sport and Recreation South Africa have made substantial contributions, so the future is bright for the South African Paralympic challenge in London, 2012.
The sponsorship announcement took place at a special business┬ánetworking reception at the British┬áTrade Commissioner’s Residence on Wednesday, jointly hosted by SASCOC and the British Government, where some of the top South African and UK business “movers & shakers”, as well as South Africa’s Paralympic celebrities, got together to celebrate South African and UK icons.
In strengthening the relationship between South Africa and the UK, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee, was the occasion’s guest of honour, representing UK-based financial services in London ÔÇô voted the world’s leading international financial and business centre.
Gideon Sam, President of South Africa’s governing body SASCOC, was full of praise for the Paralympic sponsors.
“We are always indebted to these great sponsors who have been around for so long. The huge success of the Paralympic movement in South Africa is largely due to their generosity and loyalty and long may that continue.
“We can see by the honour of having our swimmer Natalie du Toit win a Laureus Award in Abu Dhabi just recently how successful the Paralympic support is in South Africa. It’s success stories like this that keep the interest, awareness and spirits high. It’s essential that we have success stories like Natalie’s because we still have to make inroads to many communities to bring more people into the Paralympic movement.
“In saying this, we need to build this movement from the provinces up and our dream is for each and every disabled child to have the opportunity to make it big in the Paralympics.
“In this regard we have to say a special thanks to Stellenbosch University for their efforts to design the programmes that will make Paralympic sport successful for years to come.”
Paralympic athlete Hilton Langenhoven returned from Beijing with three gold medals and is well aware of the important roles sponsors have to play.
“As sportsmen we always need support and belief to achieve our best, and for the last 10 years I’ve being involved with disabled sport the Paralympics sponsors have provided that support and opportunity to us as sportsman and woman to compete on the global stage.
“Thank you to all past and present team sponsors for firstly believing in us, and secondly paving the way for us to be able to prepare in the best possible way and then go on to compete against the best in the world,” concluded Langenhoven.